Career Attributes

  • $37,352
  • 243,900
  • 3.7
  • 8.2%
  • Master's degree
  • Theology And Religious Vocations
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Overview

Each religion has certain requirements and processes for appointing/ordaining members of the clergy. Most clergy become ordained by attending seminary, which is a school that specializes in the teachings of the church that founded it. They also take vows and complete rites that are specific to the sect or religion. Completion of these requirements will grant the clergy official recognition by the church. Most clergy hold bachelor's or master's degrees in theology, psychology, counseling, mental health, or religious studies as part of the ordination process.

Clergy are usually excellent at public speaking, good listeners, and self-sacrificing. Many speak more than one language in order to read sacred texts in Latin, Hebrew, Ancient Greek, or Arabic.

What are Clergies like?

Artistic

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Clergies by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1039 CareerExplorer users

Are Clergies happy?

79thpercentile

Clergies rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 79th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Clergy Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Clergies

The most common degree held by Clergies is Theology And Religious Vocations. 26% of Clergies had a degree in Theology And Religious Vocations before becoming Clergies. That is over 65 times the average across all careers. Philosophy And Religious Studies graduates are the second most common among Clergies, representing 11% of Clergies in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 7.3 times the average.

Clergy Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Clergy, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Clergies % of population Multiple
Theology And Religious Vocations 26.3% 0.4% 65.3×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 11.4% 1.6% 7.3×
Psychology 9.4% 7.0% 1.3×
Communications 5.9% 3.4% 1.7×
Business Management And Administration 4.8% 6.5% 0.7×
Liberal Arts 4.6% 1.9% 2.4×
Music 4.3% 0.9% 5.0×
Counseling Psychology 4.3% 0.4% 12.1×
History 3.9% 2.3% 1.7×
English Literature 3.2% 4.9% 0.7×
Fine Arts 3.0% 2.2% 1.4×
Sociology 3.0% 2.1% 1.4×
General Education 2.7% 0.7% 4.2×
Biology 2.3% 3.6% 0.6×
Business 2.3% 2.6% 0.9×
Anthropology And Archeology 2.3% 1.3% 1.8×
Political Science 2.3% 2.9% 0.8×
Foreign Language Studies 2.1% 1.3% 1.6×
Economics 2.1% 4.0% 0.5×
Film Video And Photographic Arts 1.8% 0.7% 2.4×
Finance 1.8% 2.1% 0.9×
Special Needs Education 1.6% 0.3% 5.7×
Social Work 1.6% 0.5% 3.0×
Mathematics 1.4% 1.9% 0.7×
Electrical Engineering Technology 1.4% 0.2% 6.6×
Industrial And Organizational Psychology 1.4% 0.2% 8.5×
Studio Arts 1.1% 0.5% 2.2×
Accounting 1.1% 1.9% 0.6×
Journalism 1.1% 1.1% 1.0×
Computer Science 1.1% 3.0% 0.4×
Elementary Education 1.1% 0.5% 2.1×
Secondary Teacher Education 1.1% 0.4% 3.1×
Art And Music Education 1.1% 0.2% 4.7×
Humanities 1.1% 0.4% 3.0×
Intercultural And International Studies 1.1% 0.6% 1.8×
Physics 1.1% 1.0% 1.1×
International Relations 1.1% 1.5% 0.8×
Music Production 1.1% 0.2% 6.1×
Public Relations 1.1% 0.6% 2.0×

Clergy Education Levels

67% of Clergies have a master's degree. 31% of Clergies have a bachelor's degree.

No education 1%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 0%
Bachelor's degree 31%
Master's degree 67%
Doctorate degree 1%

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Career Attributes

  • $37,352
  • 243,900
  • 3.7
  • 8.2%
  • Master's degree
  • Theology And Religious Vocations
More Attributes